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“Glad All Over”

Dave Clark Five | 1964

With storm trooper stomps and an irrepressibly upbeat chorus, "Glad All Over" became the first major British Invasion hit in the U.S. by a band other than the Beatles. It was also the song that knocked "I Want to Hold Your Hand" off the top of the British hit parade. "I was going through my record collection, and I saw the title 'Glad All Over,'" remembered Dave Clark Five singer Mike Smith. "I couldn't remember what the song was like, but I thought it was a great title. So I sat down at my dad's piano and wrote 'Glad All Over.'"

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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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